Olympic cauldron set for relocation, refurbishment

Olympic cauldron set for relocation, refurbishment (Photo: KUTV)

The Olympic Cauldron is getting a makeover and a new location.

The University of Utah removed the edifice for cleaning as part of the Ken Garff Performance Zone expansion at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

It is being temporarily transferred to a secure location to receive a full refurbishment. The cauldron was lifted via cranes and transported off campus on Friday.

Renderings of how the expansion area will look when it is complete can be viewed by clicking here for 2New app users.

The Olympic flame is kept in the cauldron at night during the world athletic games to ensure that it stays lit.

The refurbishment of the Olympic Cauldron is intended to lengthen its lifespan and preserve this important piece of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Once complete—the process is estimated to require around one year—the restored cauldron will be installed on a high pedestal at its new permanent home outside Rice-Eccles Stadium, just north of the ticket office.

Local leaders have created a committee to help prepare Salt Lake City for a future Olympic bid. The cauldron will be used if a bid is granted and the winter games return to the Beehive State.